Christmas Tea Light Candle Holders

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Hello! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest blog post. This is a quick an easy DIY for Christmas — yes, it does involve a little work with power tools and paint but it’s super easy and super fun!

For this project, I used my three favorites from Ryobi. I like to call these my trio. I use these three tools in combo for most of my DIYs and would be lost without them!

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15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser

ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

18-Volt ONE+ 1/4 Sheet Sander

In fact, I would like to take this terrific trio and make is a quartet LOL These three could really use an air nailer on their team! 😉 Christmas is coming…

Anyway, back to the project. I had these scrap pieces of 4×4 kicking around from when we redid our fence this past summer.

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I thought it would be great to chop these down and make them into candle holders!

I used my sliding miter saw to cut them into three uneven heights.

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Then, to smooth up the edges, I used my palm sander.

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Once that was done, it was time to paint!

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I used this really cool paint from DecoArt called Vintage Effect Wash. I love this stuff, it’s almost like a stain. It lets the grain of the wood show through.

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Isn’t that super pretty?

I wanted to do each candle holder different so I painted the smaller one an off-white color and then went on top of it with my favorite — Grey Wax from Country Chic Paint.

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I also jazzed this one up with a little bit of decor that I got from Dollar Tree.

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I painted the tallest one the same red from DecoArt (Vintage Effect Wash in Red) but this time I did something a little different.

I used painter’s tape and I taped it off like this:

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After I had the painter’s tape on, I went over it with Country Chic Paint in Sunday Tea.

You can watch how this is done in the live broadcast that I did on our store’s page, Gracie’s Place.

I got cut off during my live so the rest of the video continues here:

 

To make the tea lights sit nicely in the top of the wood, I used a spade bit with my Robi drill to hollow out a hole in the top of the wood. If you use a 1.5″ spade drill bit a standard tea light will fit in the hole.

The end result?

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What do you guys think? Pretty, right?

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Christmas Tree That Holds Your Christmas Cards

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Hey everybody! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!! I couldn’t be more excited!

One of my favorite things about Christmas is coming home to find Christmas cards in my mailbox. Rather than just set them out on my entry table like I normally did in past years, I thought it would be fun to make something to hang the cards.

You have to see what I came up with! I LOVE it! Make sure you scroll down to the end of this post to see the video, too!

I made this DIY with the help of my trusty Ryobi tools!

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15 Amp 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser

ONE+ 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill Kit

18-Volt ONE+ 1/4 Sheet Sander

I used up some of the old trim that we had kicking around after we replaced the trim in our living room and I also used a scrap piece of wood that I found in the shed.

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You could easily go down to any home improvement store and buy these supplies if you want to recreate this project. I just happened to have all this stuff kicking around because I never throw anything out — for this exact reason.

I started by cutting my trim. I was lucky enough that the ends of my trim were already cut at a 45° angle so all I had to do was cut the other end.

This is super easy with my sliding miter saw from Ryobi! All I have to do is slide it to the 45 mark and cut. That’s it!

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I set my scrap piece of plywood down vertically on my workspace and then I laid my piece of trim across it horizontally. I measured and cut my first piece of trim at 30″.

Next, I just continued to cut my pieces of trim but making them smaller each time. I would line them up above the last one before cutting just to make sure they were right.

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For the top of the tree, I cut two triangles and then placed them together to make a point.

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Before attaching the trim to the piece of plywood, I wanted to paint it.

I used Vintage Effect Wash from Decoart. I love this stuff! It’s great for the rustic look! You can use it over raw or finished surfaces to achieve a light and washed-out look.

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I just brushed it on the plywood and then wiped it with a soft cloth. You can see how great it works in the video at the end of this post.

I gave it time to dry and then I attached the trim to the plywood. To do this I used my Ryobi drill and some screws. Always make sure you drill a pilot hole first before drilling into the trim!

After the trim was all attached I painted the tree green and let it dry. I followed it up by applying more Vintage Effect Wash over the green but this time I used the white shade.

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Let that dry and then all that was left was to add some clothespins. I just secured these using hot glue.

You can see it all come together by watching this video!

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Living Room Mood Board

A collection of items that I put together on a mood board.

Sometimes it’s just nice to look at a collection of pretty things. If you happened to want to buy any of these pretty things, there are links at the bottom to take you to where to purchase 😀

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Adeco Accent Metal Candle Holder Stand, Set of Two

Pillow Perfect Ikat Argyle Birch Throw Pillow

Ellyson Flared English Arm Slipcovered Feather Down Sofa by iNSPIRE Q Classic

Sweet Jojo Designs Navy Blue Decorative Accent Throw Pillow (Set of 2)

Sophia Herringbone Throw

Safavieh Casual Natural Jute Hand-Woven Chunky Thick Rug (8′ x 10′)

Maxim Bodega Bay-Single-Tier Chandelier

Ameriwood Home Bennington Console Table

 

Cheap Picture Frame Makeover

 

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Well hello there! Boy, do I have a treat for you guys today!

Don’t I always, though?

I wanted to share this quick and easy picture frame makeover with you all and you can do this on any size of picture frame. So let’s can the chit-chat and get right into this fun DIY and upcycle.

So I have had this picture frame since the beginning of time. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration but I am not kidding, I am going to say I have had it for a least 12 years.

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This frame has followed me around to all the places that I have lived and it’s just a cheap frame that I bought from Wal-Mart when I was 18 and me and my sister moved out of our family home and got an apartment together.

I thought it was time to shake things up a bit. Time to make this frame look a little more high end and less Wal-Mart looking.

To start, I thought it would be a good idea to paint the frame. I have been just dying to spray paint something with this.

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Gold Metallic Spray Paint from Rustoleum 

I love this spray paint from Rustoleum. It’s high-quality, has great coverage and it is super affordable. Plus, it’s easily accessible. You can just run on down to Home Depot or Wal-Mart and get it.

I took the picture frame apart and just spray painted the frame.

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The thing you want to always remember about spray painting is nice, light and even coats. It’s better to do multiple light coats than one big heavy coat with a ton of drips.

While the frame was drying, I wanted to do something different with the matte border.

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I recently got my hand on some of this Unicorn SPiT that I have seen all over the web. I have been just dying to try it.

You have to see how cool this stuff is. You can use this stuff as a stain, a paint or a glaze. You can dilute it with water — I could go on and on. Seriously, the possibilities with this stuff are limitless.

So what I did was I used Blue Thunder and Midnight’s Blackness

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I mixed them together in a dish, starting with equal parts. I only needed about 4 drops of each.

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When it was all mixed, this is what it looked like

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Looks black, right? Well, that’s what I thought, so I added a few more drops of the Blue Thunder.

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Mixed again and this is what I got.

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I don’t know if you can really tell in the picture, but I was going for a deep navy blue color. It was still looking a little too black, but I thought, I would try and paint it on the matte border anyway and see what would happen.

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Ok, I don’t even think I can convey through text, my excitement when I painted this stuff on.

LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!

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I was getting this beautiful blue, pulling through the black! So cool, right?

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I painted the whole thing and what I was left with was this really cool dimensional look. I was originally going to paint the matte border just a flat navy blue, but I am so glad I went with Unicorn SPiT.

This frame is totally unique now!

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What do you guys think??

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I really love how this frame now fits perfectly with my style!

I wanted something that would also compliment my piano that is in this room as well.

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You can check the post about my piano out here

I think that I might switch out the pictures in here eventually, too. These ones are pretty old now.

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Now, I feel like I have been doing a lot of Wal-Mart bashing in this post. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Wal-Mart. It’s just that I had bought that frame a long time ago and I felt like it needed to be changed up a bit.

To prove that I am not totally against Wal-Mart, take a look at the gorgeous end table I got from there.

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This piece only cost me $64! That’s not bad for an end table. Wal-Mart has seriously stepped up their home decor game!

Let me know what you think about my frame makeover by commenting below!

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And if you like this project, make sure you pin this image to your Pinterest boards!

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And if you really like this DIY, don’t forget to share it with a friend!

Keep on makin' stuff!

 

Don’t run away so soon! Check out this charming bench makeover!

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I’m Now A Lipstick Wearing Kinda Girl

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So… tonight’s post is a little different.

One of the things I don’t often (and by that I mean never) talk about on my blog is beauty and makeup. It’s not because I don’t like these things. I love putting on my face just as much as the next gal, but it’s just something I do. I don’t obsess over it, and I don’t really care what kind of makeup I put on my face.

I am the kind of woman that buys whatever makeup happens to be on sale.

Except for my foundation — that is the one thing I will buy the same every time and only because I found the perfect shade for my skin, I don’t dare deviate. It’s not high end or anything either. It’s just plain old Maybelline. You know the whole “maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline”?

Oh, that never gets old. 

Anyway, let’s get back to the point here. I wanted to open up my blog a bit and talk about something astonishing that I most recently discovered, and that is lipstick.

I never wear lipstick — or should I say that I never used to wear lipstick.

I hated it. The thought of putting it on my lips and then having to worry all day if it’s smudged or smeared all over my pearly whites just didn’t appeal to me.

I am proud to say, I am now a lipstick lover and an avid wearer of lipstick. Thanks to Lipsense.

Yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking, “you mean to say that lip stuff that’s all over Facebook?” Yes. That is precisely what I am talking about.

A woman by the name of Cherie reached out to me and wanted me to try this Lipsense that everyone is raving about. Now, I am going to be honest with you guys, as I always am. I thought, sure, I’ll try this stuff and I am sure that it will be just like any other lipstick that I have put on. It will be on for about a minute before I end up wearing it all over my teeth and face.

Well, I don’t often like to admit it, but boy was I wrong.

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I put this stuff on and I swear, it didn’t move for days.

The shade I am wearing is Roseberry. I never thought that a darker colour of lipstick would look great on me but I LOVE this colour!

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I could go on and on about how amazing this lipstick is, but if you really want to first-hand details you should try this stuff for yourself!

 

 

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If this lipstick can turn someone like me, who went years and years without ever wearing lipstick into an almost daily lipstick wearing woman than it is definitely worth you trying. Trust me.

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It’s nice to know that I can kiss the kids without leaving my lipstick on their face, too!

Check out Cherie’s Facebook group and contact her! She can get you set up with this amazing stuff!

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Click here to request to join the group

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Seriously, check this stuff out!

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Bench Makeover With County Chic Paint

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Well, hello friends! I have another amazing furniture makeover to share with you!

I can’t take credit for this one, though. This beautiful project was done by my sister, Roni. She wanted to get in on the fun and see what this Country Chic Paint was all about. Plus, she has this bench in her home that she has wanted to makeover for a long time.

This bench was made by our Great Uncle Jim and given to our mother. It was an house fire and my uncle restored it. It’s a gorgeous bench but just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

I convinced her to try painting it and I love how it turned out and so does my sister.

This is the bench before:

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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this bench, just didn’t suit my sister’s style.

To makeover her this bench, my sister chose Enchanted from the Limited Edition colors from Country Chic Paint.

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Before beginning to paint the bench needed to be sanded down. This bench was coated with a very thick coat of some sort of polyurethane sealer. It gave the bench a very shiny finish and that definitely needed to come off before painting.

It all came off with a little elbow grease and with the help of a palm sander.

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The bench was given a good wipe down and then it was time to start painting!

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The bench was given two full coats of paint.

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My sister didn’t really care for the full painted look, so she took a piece of sandpaper and ruffed it up a little bit.

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Without further ado… here is the bench now.

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And of course, a new bench wouldn’t be complete without someone to test it out!

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That is my sister’s dog, Faith. She is always great if you’re looking for a model.

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What do you think about this makeover? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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If you love this bench, don’t be afraid to pin it to your Pinterest boards!

Keep on makin' stuff!

I Have Been Given A Gift

Good evening, everyone! Well it’s Friday night and I can’t help but be a little honest with you all.

I am sitting here on my couch, in my polka dot PJ pants (my favorite) wearing an over-sized t-shirt. In fact, it’s probably my husbands — anyway, just so you know I am being honest and to give you a better idea of what my life is right now…

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See? I would never lie to you. Remember that.

My house is a mess. Like a disaster zone and to be even more honest — I don’t even care. The kids and Jaime are watching a movie. All is quiet… well with the exception of Zootopia drowning out the crickets.

Even Zoey, our lovable family pup is cuddle up on the couch being completely still and silent. Which is a rare, since she is a pup and is usually up wandering the house causing chaos.

This. Is. Perfection.

Well, my idea of perfection, anyway.

If someone told me that this is what I would be doing in my 30s, I would have believed them. That’s right — I would have believed them.

My favortie orphan, Anne Shirley says it best.

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And in my life, the “you” that Anne Shirley is talking about is my family.

I always knew that the one thing I was going to be was a mother. That has always been my biggest goal.

Sure it’s nice to have places to go, travel the world and do all kinds of amazing things but in this moment in my life I am perfectly content with this! This is what I wanted.

I have been given more blessings and opportunities than I ever deserved.

And when I look at this photo, I know that I really do have everything that I need.

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We had our family photos done a couple of nights ago and it’s funny how seeing your family in photos really puts things into perspective for you.

What have I been given?

My husband, Jaime, who works so hard for his family.

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I am not just saying this because he is my husband — he is the hardest working man I know. A man who works 6 nights a week and never complains. He understands that he has a job to do and has an unbelievable sense of responsibility. You just don’t find this very often anymore. I admire him for all he does for us.

My children, Ava and Douglas. The two lights of my life.

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I’d like to take just a moment and give you my perspective on motherhood.

I am far from a perfect mother. No one is. I have days where I lose my cool and come unglued. Days where, if I am being honest, I wish that I could pack them up and send away for just a few hours.

**If you say you have never had these feelings as a mother, you’re probably lying and these feelings don’t make you a monster, they make you human.

But then there are times, moments when your children look at you like you are the only thing that matters. Their eyes say that you are their everything. I hope that they never lose sight of this feeling for me.

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Side note — In the teenage years, I am sure they won’t look at me the same, but I am OK with that. I am not here to be their friend.  Besides I still have some time before that happens.

In reality, though — that’s just it. I love my children more than life itself, but I am the mother. I am the one that needs to be the grown up, a pillar of strength and dignity. Not a buddy or pal. There will be plenty of time when they are adults for me to be their friend — that time is not now. 

I love my children so much that if I could, I would move Heaven and earth for them. I would give them their dreams and their wishes. This is not reality, though. You cannot possibly give your children everything they want. You can’t look at your child and tell them they will never feel hurt, disappointment or regret. You cannot shelter them from reality.

You can’t lie to them and tell them that there is no evil in this world and that they will never be subject to it. Lying to your children does them no service.

Naturally, I am going to protect my children’s innocence as long as I can, but I strongly believe in being real with them.

I will tell my kids that you can’t be good at everything and that you won’t always be #1. There will be other kids that can do things better than them — that’s just life. It’s real. Kid’s do not need their egos boosted all the time. Don’t mistake this for me being a mean mom.

If my kids do something very well, I believe in praising them. First and foremost, I believe in giving praise where praise is due.

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I encourage my children to excel in the areas where I know they are great. If they are passionate about something and they really want to do it, but they need to practice, I tell them, “You want to be better? You need to practice.”

Hard work and dedication do pay off. There are those people, where things just seem to come easy to them but reality is, we don’t know their whole story.

I am not going to focus on someone else’s story.

I’m living my story and at the end of the day if my children fail, it will be no one’s fault but my own.

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The reason for this and in looking at these photos, I realized just how much my littles rely on me. They need me to guide them and teach them how to be the best people they can be. Honestly, I could care less if my children grow up to be world renowned scholars and geniuses. Sure, schooling is important, I am not saying that it isn’t but for my children, I want their virtues to come first. Kindness, patience, charity, and humility are at the top of my list for my children. Focus on these and you will see that other things will quickly fall into place.

These are attitudes that I believe the world is severely lacking and it’s no secret.

I can’t change the world but I can certainly shape my own children.

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This isn’t going to be easy and I know that I will need to make some changes of my own but that’s what being a mother is all about.

For starters, I am severely lacking in the patience department, I can admit that about myself.

This new mission starts today. I won’t be the best mom in the world, because I believe that is a role none of us mere mortals can fill, however, I will work harder every day at being the mother that my children need.

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I don’t look at motherhood as some competition with some glorious prize or trophy to be won. There are no awards, medals or even a pat on the back. We don’t need these things. We’ve already been given our prize — our children.

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I am going to cherish the “prizes” that I have been blessed with.

I get one shot to get this right and raising my children to be beacons of light in this scary world of ours is my goal.

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Feel free to share your thoughts on all this in the comments below!

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